Art and furnishings belonging to the late fashion photographer Richard Avedon will be sold by Sotheby's International in October, the auction house said.
Avedon, who lived and worked in a carriage house on Manhattan's Upper East Side, died last year at 81. The Oct. 14 auction in New York -- which doesn't include his own photographs -- is forecast to fetch from $275,000 to $400,000, according to Sotheby's.
The auction's objects provide a snapshot of the reclusive photographer's private world -- a loftlike one-bedroom apartment above his photography studio. Downstairs, Avedon worked on assignments for fashion and advertising clients; he maintained a full schedule and was working on a project for the New Yorker at his death.
The artist surrounded himself with objects he selected for their beauty and sentimental value. The sale will include a Victorian bed, with an estimated value of $6,000 to $8,000, and an Audubon print of a fox, expected to sell for $7,000 to $9,000.
"Avedon was a true collector in that these works and objects in his house and studio reflected his life and work and were near and dear to his heart," said Tim Hamilton, Sotheby's expert in charge of the sale. "He had a collecting eye with a twist. Many of these objects operated as muses." For example, Audubon's prints, like Avedon's own portraits, are dramatic portrayals of living creatures, Hamilton said.
Other artworks include a 1969 silkscreen by pop artist Edward Ruscha titled "Cheese Mold Standard With Olive," with a high estimate of $16,000, and a 1953 floral still-life painting by Gloria Vanderbilt, estimated at $2,000 to $4,000. Two months ago, Sotheby's sale of artworks by Henri Matisse and Diego Giacometti from the Avedon estate brought $324,000.
Avedon's book-filled apartment was a cozy, unpretentious space designed for comfort and intellectual stimulation. Crisp white shelves lined the walls, contrasting with the heavy, dark-wood tables and chairs and punctuated by a bright red rug. Avedon's eclectic tastes are evident in his collection of lamps in the shape of cactuses and colorful Navajo blankets. One Navaho serape is expected to bring more than $20,000 at auction, Sotheby's said.
Avedon's own photographs and archival works belong to the newly formed Richard Avedon Foundation, said its executive director, Norma Stevens. The foundation will be responsible for coordinating the distribution of Avedon's photography by donation or sale to museums, libraries and scholarly institutions worldwide, Stevens said.